Poetry activities for pancake day

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By Paul Cooksonpoet

Inspire your class to write their own Pancake Day poems with these tips and ideas

Girls with a plate of pancakes

If you don’t fancy cooking in the classroom this Shrove Tuesday (16 February), then why not celebrate with some pancake-themed poetry? Here are three simple ‘recipes’ for creating effective poems that children will really enjoy writing. Whichever idea you use, I think the main thing is to try and make them fun. Concentrate on the enjoyment… and look at the form and genre later!

Don’t forget…

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Photo © Julie Dawn Thomas

To share Paul’s fantastic poem, ‘Don’t Let Gran Near the Pancake Pan’, with your class. It is available to download as an audio – read aloud by Paul himself!

Activities

  1. Repeating lines
  2. Poems as lists
  3. Poems as cartoons

1. Repeating lines

In my own poem, ‘Don’t Let Gran Near the Pancake Pan,’ I used a repeating line as the last line of each verse – and this could be a fun idea to try with your class. (I also used rhyme, but tell the children that they shouldn’t worry too much about the rhymes – they should think more about the rhythm and beat and sound of the words.)

Here are a few suggestions for possible repeating lines:

1. When the kitchen set on fire

2. When mum lost the frying pan

3. When brother ate up 20 pancakes

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  1. Don`t know
    on 7 February 2010

    Brilliant

    I shall use this with my six year olds after our annual pancake making session & pancake races! Many Thanks for such lively poetry ideas.